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Pizza Hut Store Manager Loses Job For Not Opening On Thanksgiving

An Indiana Pizza Hut manager claims to have lost his job due to his refusal to have employees work on Thanksgiving Day.

Tony Rohr, who climbed his way from cook to manager over the course of 10 years, was told it was mandatory policy to keep his store open for Thanksgiving. He refused, and said he was told to resign. A director of operations for Pizza Hut said that Rohr quit on his own and was not fired.

The Pizza Hut representative added that store hours were not Rohr’s decision and were assigned on a corporate level.

“They just said it was a competitive decision and that everyone was open, so we will be too,” Rohr said. “I said, ‘Why can’t we be the company that stands up and says we care about our employees, and let them have the day off?’ “

Pizza Hut is one of many restaurants open during Thanksgiving this year, a trend similarly followed by retailers nationwide this year. Rohr said in his 10 years working with them, this was the first he was asked to work on Thanksgiving, adding that he does not believe this policy gives employees enough personal time for the holidays.

“Thanksgiving and Christmas are the only two days that they’re closed in the whole year and they’re the only two days that those people are guaranteed to have off to spend with their families,” he told WSBT 22.

Rohr, still out of a job and right before the holiday season, has no regrets about speaking out. “No not at all, I’m glad I did that,” he said. “They’re still going to be open. I’m sure they’re still going to sell pizza but I just didn’t think it was right.”

Instead of selling pizza, the former manager plans to spend Thanksgiving with his girlfriend and family.

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Gary Bryan is an industrial marketing manager by daytime and political and social issues writer by night. You can also find his editorials at Mic.com.